August 14, 1994 |
"It's too bad they didn't teach me home repairs in college instead of literature," Bobbie Probstein said. "I would have read the books anyway, but I could have saved a lot of money on repairmen." Probstein, a Santa Monica photographer and writer, decided a year ago that she was going to learn to fix things herself after spotting a flyer for handyman Chas Eisner's Women's Home Repair Workshop in West Los Angeles.
April 29, 1997 |
We've heard it so often it's become like white noise: "It is better to give than to receive." But the deepest truth is that giving is receiving. Ask any volunteer. As President Clinton's three-day Summit for America's Future focuses national attention on the importance of citizens sharing their time and talents, The Times asked a variety of Southern California volunteers to recall unforgettable moments. All said they went into volunteering thinking they were the giver, and were transformed.
June 28, 2013 |
Dawn McCoy used to have to call a handyman for home repairs, a taxicab for a ride to the airport, a caterer to help out at a dinner party. Now, she turns to mobile apps and websites that quickly connect her with folks who complete the tasks for a fraction of the price charged by professional services. "You feel like it's your peers helping you out," McCoy, 35, said. "And you don't have to be a millionaire to have someone help you. " In a city filled with personal assistants and others willing to do odds-and-ends jobs, it's no surprise that a slew of help-for-hire start-ups are taking off in Los Angeles.
September 26, 1993 |
Last year homeowners spent more than $45 billion on maintenance and home repairs, according to Home Center magazine.
November 27, 1994
"Sears Gets Back to Basics" (Nov. 11) suggests that the era of great financial synergism, as taught in business school MBA programs, has come full cycle. One theory being that if you sell homes you can also sell insurance, appliances, home repairs, furniture, IRAs, ad infinitum. It never worked in the real world, and many corporations besides Sears were sucked up into the frenzy. The Merrill Lynches, Prudentials and others have all bailed out of this fiasco, but what will happen to all the MBAs who led them down the path?
February 9, 2009 |
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied nearly 650,000 applications for housing aid after Hurricane Ike hit southeast Texas, finding that nearly 90% of all claimants were ineligible for FEMA help. Those rejected and their attorneys say the inspectors are unqualified or poorly trained, and the inspection system is flawed in ways that withhold help from deserving people. FEMA says the numbers reflect a misunderstanding of the agency's mission. The Houston Chronicle reported that FEMA has received more than 730,000 applications for help with home repairs, mobile homes or other housing services needed after Ike caused widespread damage in September.
December 26, 2011 |
When Bob and Lynn Forthman joined Ashby Village in July 2010, they never figured they'd need its services so soon. The virtual village in Berkeley is one of 65 nationwide, with 120 more in the works. The volunteer-driven networks are meant to help seniors continue living in their homes by delivering a multitude of services they no longer can do for themselves and to help them stay engaged through social events. What started with the first village in 2001 in Boston has become a fast-growing phenomenon that could fill a crucial gap as baby boomers age and longevity increases.
December 24, 1989
Make a mistake when shopping for food or clothing and the loss usually isn't a big deal. But that's not the case when seeking shelter. A home is the biggest purchase of a lifetime for most families. And since most folks don't buy houses all that often, they have relatively little experience in dealing with the complicated legal procedures, the often confusing terms and the many potential mistakes that can be made.
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March 5, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Two defense contractors and a corporation have been found guilty of being part of a fraud and bribery scheme involving phony payments for the repair of military aircraft at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado. Robert Ehnow and Joanne Loehr, owners of Poway-based companies, were convicted Monday of showering Navy officials with gifts and cash in exchange for millions of dollars in payments for work supposedly done on planes at the Fleet Readiness Center. Loehr's firm, Centerline Industrial Inc., also was convicted.
June 28, 2012 |
Alex Trebek will take "relief" for $500. The "Jeopardy!" host is recovering well after suffering a mild heart attack Saturday. The beloved quiz man, who experienced a similar attack five years ago, said he sought treatment at the insistence of his wife. "She was very adamant and had tears in her eyes," Trebek told People. "I didn't want to upset her more than I had already so I went - and she was right. " The 71-year-old was making some home repairs and, after moving a heavy ladder, experienced shooting pain in his chest and back.